Attala County, Mississippi
The Star-Herald, Kosciusko, Miss.,March 29, 1979
Salem's Doors May Close
copyright © 1979, Joyce W. Sanders. All rights reserved.
By Joyce W. Sanders
Quoting from one of Nancy Green's articles of five years ago, "Small in number but strong in spirit is a fitting description of the congrgation of Salem United Methodist Church located on Highway 35, south of Kosciusko...The faith and determination of the devoted members have kept the church doors open."
The number of those faithful members has dwindled even more. Some have been called to their Eternal Home and others are confined because of ill health in their earthly ones.
At this time only Mr. and Mrs. J.
A. Doty are able to attend services, which are conducted by the Rev. Joe Alexander. All the expenses of the church are taken care of by the Dotys, as well as the attractive grounds and the care of the church building.
All that is needed at this time to keep Salem opeating as a church is a congrgation; Services are held each first Sunday morning at 9:30. I, for one, intend to be there on the first Sunday in May. Won't some of you readers join us in an effort to save this church?
Salem Church was first begun before the Civil War further down in the county off to the left of Highway 35...
There was a road which passed Deliddy Negro Church and its graveyard on toward the James Fletcher's Crossing.
The earliest grave marker in this old graveyard is 4 April 1864; the most recent was that of W. B. Turnage on 5 August 1899.
For some reason a division occurred in the church and part of the members moved their place of worship near where the church still stands today. In 1895 the building burned and the present building was erected.
What a tragedy if Salem, as old soldiers do, just fades away.
The above article appeared in the March 29, 1979 Star-Herald, Kosciusko, Ms. It is republished here with the knowledge and consent of Joyce W. Sanders.
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